Has anyone else ever heard anything about Chuck Hagel’s temperament before today? This is the first I’ve gotten wind of the issue, and from the way George Stephanopoulos responded, he was surprised, too. But on “This Week,” GOP Sen. Bob Corker, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, seemed to think we should be concerned about it:
“… Just his overall temperament and is he suited to run a department or a big agency or a big entity like the Pentagon.”
“I think there are numbers of staffers who are coming forth now just talking about the way he has dealt with them. I have, certainly questions, about a lot of things.”
However, despite the alleged complaints from staffers, Corker doesn’t necessarily feel this could disqualify Chuck Hagel.
He went on to say:
“I begin all of these confirmation processes with an open mind. I did have a good relationship with him. I had a good conversation with him this week. But I think this is one where people are going to be listening to what he has to say, me in particular … especially some of the positions he’s taken generally speaking about our nuclear posture.”